I'm posting about a boat-trip again -- but this week closer to real time, in a (much) smaller boat, and (much) closer to home than the cruise ship trip I posted about last week (and earlier). We traveled to Cape Haze/Palm Island toward the end of February.
This is Palm Island Marina where we spent a mid-week long weekend recently. (And if you know what a mid-week long weekend is, you are probably just as retired as we are.) We were a flotilla of three from our RV Park, cruising down the Caloosahatchee River and then across Charlotte Bay to Cape Haze -- about a 60-mile boat trip. It is a beautiful Marina facility with a good restaurant, outdoor kitchen/coffee facilities, swimming pool and hot tub. And a water taxi that ferries you across to a private island where the only form of land transportation allowed is golf cart. There's a good restaurant there too and a few of the requisite beach shops (souvenirs = nah ..... ice cream = oh yes).
This is how we collect shells these days.
On docking overnight at the Marina, we received a guest pass that allowed us to use the private beach over on the island -- we beach-walked first and then rented a golf cart to access some of the more remote corners. (And enjoyed looking at the private vacation homes and condos as we tooled along.)
The more remote private area that we golf-carted to is called 'Shark's Tooth Beach' and we found a few of those teeth (I did keep a couple of those -- they are small.) That is also where I spotted a dead tree that, from a distance, looked like it had white flowers growing on it. This is the view as I got closer. The Ibis were not disturbed at all.
A little while after I walked past the tree, I looked up from my shell collecting and saw that the time for resting in the tree was over -- now it was time to eat.
We saw several of these big old guys -- the Gopher Tortoise is on the endangered list in Florida, but they appear to be doing well on this island. And that is undoubtedly because there are no cars, which are definitely not a friend to these slow-movers.
I think that these are Willets in winter plumage. But shore-bird ID is always hard for me. In any case, like all shorebirds, they were fun to watch as they raced up and down the tide edge looking for things to eat.
A long-shot across from Shark's Tooth to where some people were enjoying the sand and waves. I include it mostly because I love the way it shows the colors of the water. The river where we live is usually muddy looking (the tourist brochures call it 'tea' or 'coffee-colored'.) It's from tannin and polluted discharge from Lake Okechobee. So it is nice to see water that is actually the "color of water" as it should be.
Grateful for good friends, beautiful scenery, warm weather --
and for the time to enjoy all of that.
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MOSAIC MONDAY; OUR WORLD on Tuesday; NATURE NOTES; ALL SEASONS; THROUGH MY LENS; WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY; Wednesday AROUND THE WORLD; THANKFUL THURSDAY; SKYWATCH FRIDAY; SATURDAY CRITTERS; and RATHER B'BIRDING.